Programs & Events
Oracle State Park
Full Moon Night Hike
Saturday 7/8 7:30 p.m.
Join a ranger-led evening nature walk in the park, ending by 9 p.m. Reservation required; free with park admission. More details to be announced.
Saturday 7/29 7:30 p.m.
Bat Night begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kannally Ranch House for a 30-minute PowerPoint introduction to the bats of Arizona. The talk will be followed by an optional netting event excursion. The remote netting site will require an easy one-mile roundtrip trail hike. However, participants should be prepared for walking on non-level park trail, in the dark with the help of flashlights and ranger guide. Research Ecologist and Regional Manager for Arizona Game and Fish, Joel Diamond, Ph.D., is back by popular demand for this evening program to learn more about bats and get up close and personal to some of the flying mammal species living in our neighborhood. Please call for a reservation, (520) 896-2425; free with park admission. Bring your own flashlight if you have one!
Friday 8/25 9 a.m.
Identify and discuss a variety of plants along the trail, plus have a treat at the end prepared from foraged foods. The fee for the two-hour ethnobotany program is $10 in addition to park admission. Sonoran Herbalist and Presenter, John Slattery, will also bring a display of Desert Tortoise Botanicals products for sale, and copies of his new book, Southwest Foraging. Program sponsored by Friends of Oracle State Park. Reservation required; limit 25.
Prickly Pear Fruit Processing Workshop
Saturday 9/16 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
Join Sonoran herbalist John Slattery for a trail walk and talk to learn about the wonders of the prickly pear cactus, with some discussion of prickly pear medicine. With a blender and straining equipment, John will demonstrate a relatively quick and simple method to process prickly pear at home. Enjoy a freshly made juice drink at the end. Botanical products and books for sale as well. Workshop is $15 in addition to park entrance fee. Reservation required, limit 15. Program sponsored by Friends of Oracle State Park.
Saturday 9/23 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Join us for a star party with telescopes and night sky interpretation by Tucson Amateur Astronomers Association. More details to be announced.
Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop at Oracle State Park
Make a holiday wreath out of natural, locally-sourced plant materials gathered around the park. Visitors usually can't take natural materials from the park, so make the most of this rare opportunity.